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WeissPresidential Award Goes to Weiss

Sharon Weiss, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has been recognized as one of the nation’s top young scientists with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Weiss was one of 100 beginning researchers named for the award July 9 by President Obama.

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and John M. Braxton, professor of education
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and John M. Braxton, professor of education

Braxton Brings Home the Cup

John M. Braxton, professor of education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Peabody College, was presented the Chancellor’s Cup in October. His research centers on the college student experience, the sociology of the academic profession, and academic course-level processes. The Chancellor’s Cup recognizes one faculty member annually for the greatest recent contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships. Presented since 1963, the award includes $2,500 contributed by the Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter.

ashleyesser_cmykMolto Bene!

Ashley Esser, BA’08, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English as a foreign language in Italy for the 2009–10 academic year. Esser studied elementary education and art history at Vanderbilt and received a master of arts degree in literacy education from Columbia University. At Vanderbilt she volunteered at the Susan Gray School and took part in Fashion for a Cause, Alternative Spring Break and Reading Is Fundamental.

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